Most drivers would like to get a number with a nice abbreviation for themselves. Of course, most often it is not possible to implement this in practice. The list of letters used in the numbers is rather limited. Why is it so? In fact, there is a fairly simple answer to this question. However, here, too, there is something to deal with.
In the United States of America, each driver can choose their own license plate configuration. This makes it possible to use "beautiful" or, as the people say, "thieves" signs. However, this cannot be done in Russia. In fact, nothing like this can be done in all of Eurasia. A fairly limited list of letters is available to drivers, and it would be extremely problematic to put together something “beautiful”, even if drivers had the right to choose the configuration on their own. What's the matter?
In fact, everything is extremely simple. The case is in the "Vienna Convention on Road Traffic" of 1968, which includes (among other things) the Russian Federation. The main purpose of this international document should be obvious to every driver - the unification of license plates at the international level. This is necessary so that law enforcement agencies (and not only) do not have a problem when interacting with national fonts in foreign cars. Therefore, on license plates in Europe, you will not be able to see either the Cyrillic alphabet, or the German umlauts (letters with dots), or the Chinese characters.
Therefore, only Arabic numerals and Latin letters are used on license plates. Moreover, a fairly limited list. In each country, car license plates are also regulated by local laws and standards, in accordance with the mentioned international convention. In Russia it is “GOST R 50577-93. State standard of the Russian Federation. State registration vehicle signs. Types and basic sizes. Technical requirements". Actually, today you can use the Latin letters "A", "B", "E", "K", "M", "H", "O", "P", "C", "T", " Y "," X "," D ". The designations "transit" and "RUS" are also used.
Note: this guest was adopted on June 29, 1993. It will lose its relevance on August 1, 2019, but the list of symbols used will not change.
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